Lesson 1 (from 1833, Chapter One | 1833, Chapter Two)
1833, Chapter One | 1833, Chapter Two
In the 1833, Chapter Two, as Burr and Madame Jumel prepare for their wedding, Jumel pretends to be distraught as Burr's announcement that they will be married that evening. The objective of this lesson is to analyze the trustworthiness of character testimony in the novel, specifically focusing on whether Madame Jumel is a reliable source of information.
1. Class Discussion: How does Madame Jumel react to Burr's announcement that they will be married that evening? Why does she react in this way? How do we know that her feeling of distraught is not real? What clues do we have that Madame Jumel is not honest in this situation? What other examples do we have of her lying or bending the truth so far? What about her relationship with Napoleon? The conflicting dates that her and Burr provide as to when they met? Do...
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